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Performer Charles Glenn Shot At, Won’t Perform on Riverfront

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St. Louis performer Charles Glenn, via YouTube.

St. Louis performer Charles Glenn, via YouTube.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Local performer Charles Glenn, known for his rendition of the National Anthem before almost every St. Louis Blues game at Scottrade Center, was shaken up this weekend as he and his band left a performance on the riverfront.

Glenn says that on Friday night, around 10 p.m., he and his band were packing up after a performance on the Queen of the Mississippi riverboat when he heard about 20 gunshots. Glenn jumped into his van, pianist Donna Perrino fell down on the cobblestones, and two workers on the boat hit the floor.

“I don’t know if those bullets were for us or not but I do know it is unsafe down there because it was dark, there were no police,” he said.

Glenn says he started being more careful about where he plays after the incidents of the so-called “knockout game.” Now he says he and his band won’t play on the riverfront after dark again.

“When it comes to St. Louis, it’s just not…it’s not that safe,” Glenn said, adding that he is saddened because he brags about St. Louis everywhere he goes and enjoys playing on the Queen of the Mississippi.

St. Louis Police said on Saturday that they could not find any evidence of a shooting at the scene. No one was injured in the incident.

Glenn said the notion that only criminals are shot while on the riverfront is “misinformation.”

“There’s a lot of people that get shot that are not in gangs and they’re not dealing in drugs. They’re sitting on their front porch.”

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